Globalist Bookshelf

2014 Selections


European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess — and How to Put Them Right
By Philippe Lagrain (CB Books, 2014)

Excerpt: Tax Carbon Consumption: Europe’s Best Environmental Strategy
Why Europe needs to act on climate change – and how.


Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives and Partners
By Ludger Kühnhardt (Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Excerpt: Africa as a Global Test Case
Has the time for a new global approach to Africa finally arrived?


From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
By Pankaj Mishra (Picador, 2013)

Excerpt: Asia Searches for Its Path to the Future
The example of the Western world offers only very limited guidance to resolve Asian countries’ domestic conflicts.


Punjabi Parmesan: Dispatches from a Europe in Crisis
By Pallavi Aiyar (Penguin Books India, 2013)

Excerpt: India as an Inspiration for Europe?
What can India teach the EU regarding the key challenges it faces?


American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History
By Charles Murray (AEI, 2013)

Excerpt: The End of American Exceptionalism?
America, on the road to become like Europe’s social democracies, is losing its exceptionalism.


GDP: A Brief, But Affectionate History
By Diane Coyle (Princeton, 2014)

Excerpt: Warfare and the Invention of GDP
Quite contrary to current efforts to reflect happiness, GDP was invented to prepare nations better for warfare.


Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific
By Robert D. Kaplan (Random House, 2014)

Excerpt: Geopolitics at a Beijing Teahouse
Different worldviews informed by different geographical points of reference.


The Eternal Nazi, From Mauthausen to Cairo, The Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim
By Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet (Doubleday, 2014)

Excerpt: The Eternal Nazi
Searching for a Nazi war criminal on the streets of Cairo.


Year Zero, A History of 1945
By Ian Buruma (Penguin Press, 2013)

Excerpt: Bombing Syria, In 1945 and Now
How the world of 2014 is an eerie replay of 1945.


Breaking New Ground, A Personal History
By Lester R. Brown (W.W. Norton, 2013)

Excerpt: U.S.-India: Dealing With Monsoon Failure
When the U.S. government worked constructively to help a nation in danger.


The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West
By Charles Kenny (Basic Books, 2014)

Excerpt: Could Britain’s Past Be America’s Future?
Is the end of empire such a bad thing? Perhaps for the elites, but not for the population at large.

Globalist Bookshelf selections for 2013